The liver is an extremely important organ of our body. It is constantly active, playing an important role in many vital processes. 1,2 Everything we eat and drink is processed by the liver. The liver is both the largest solid organ as well as the largest gland in your body,1 and its high regeneration ability makes it absolutely unique. 3
THE LIVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN 500 FUNCTIONS
What does your liver do for you?
The liver is an organ that takes part in almost all metabolic processes during which it transforms sugars, fats, proteins, hormones, nutrients, medicines and toxins.3
The liver plays many very important functions in the human body:
Does the liver hurt?
There is a lot of confusion around this question. To start with, one basic issue should be explained – the liver does not hurt. It is an organ whose parenchyma is not innervated (contains no nerves) and thus does not generate pain.5
The symptoms that we feel as “liver pain”, often described as “stinging in the liver” or “pain in the liver area”, are a consequence of enlargement of this organ. The enlarging liver stretches the capsule that possesses sensory innervation. 5 This organ becomes enlarged when it is ill.
The liver does not always generate pain if hurt or damaged
How to take care of your liver?
By caring about the liver and its normal functioning, we support many important processes that have an effect on our health. To learn how you can take care of your liver, read other articles on our website.
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